While I was in France last September a women from the Netherlands (Anna ten Broek-Smallenburg) approached me about a quilting gadget she invented.
I used it while making Look for Labradorite and I must say it is fabulous!!
Anyone who quilts by hand may want to get one.
I don't do much hand quilting but I found it particularly useful while sewing through layers of dense fabrics.
Basically, it pulls the needle through. You wear it on your hand like a ring and can sew easily with it there, ready to use it.
I have seen them around at some quilt shops. Definitely worth looking into!